Mother sentenced to 12 years for killing pedestrian

Mother sentenced to 12 years for killing pedestrian
Booking photo for Cynthia Bargeny

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Westhaven woman has been sentenced to 12 years for a drugged driving crash that killed a pedestrian last year.

Cynthia Bargeny, 48, pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide by intoxication and was given 12 years prison confinement Friday, according to court records.

Prosecutors opted not to pursue other charges from her indictment, including leaving the scene of a deadly accident and reckless driving.

Bargeny’s defense attorney, Justin Gee, declined to comment on the case resolution.

Bargeny was arrested in January 2018 after police said she hit and killed Rozelle Clayton on Holmes Road near Tulane. Investigators said Bargeny’s pickup truck then hit a mailbox and crashed into the tree line.

Officers found the woman’s 7-year-old son sitting in the passenger’s seat, according to the arrest affidavit.

Bargeny allegedly told paramedics she had taken Xanax. Crews found a prescription bottle filled the day before for 90 pills, with only 67 pills remaining.

Bargeny had been set to go to trial March 4 but briefly had a bench warrant issued for her after missing a court appearance Feb. 12.

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